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House Committee Passes Smoking Ban With Few Exemptions

A statewide smoking ban is headed for a vote in the House next week.

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Photo: Lago A. R. (Flickr)

A statewide smoking ban has advanced.

The ban sailed through the House Public Health Committee by a vote of 9 to 3, without any attempt to add exemptions other than one for retail tobacco shops, added by the authors themselves.

Co-author Charlie Brown (D-Gary) says the real battle will come on the House floor, with bars fighting for an exemption, and casinos lobbying to expand theirs from the gaming floor to their entire property. But Brown says he remains confident sponsors have the right combination this year.

Along with gaming floors and tobacco shops, the bill‘s only exemptions are for cigar and hookah bars, and for adults-only social clubs that vote to allow smoking. If the ban does pass the House, it will go to the Senate Public Policy Committee — the same panel which overwhelmingly killed the bill last year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) notes health advocates insisted on a bill with no exceptions last year — if they continue to support this year‘s version, he says the bill may fare better.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IUXDHQFVNYHUXZDAU7GZAMOUJQ j_jonik

    To pass laws against “smoking” is as despicable as passing laws against being mugged or raped.  It’s to penalize the victims.
     
     What smoker has a clue that many cigarettes do not even contain tobacco, but, instead Fake Tobacco make in US Patented ways from all sorts of industrial waste cellulose?

     What smoker, of what they believe and are told is tobacco, knows about, or is protected from, hosts of residues of Still Legal tobacco pesticides, or the cancer-causing radiation from phosphate fertilizers, or the dioxin from still legal chlorine pesticides and chlorine-bleached paper, or the “legal” addiction-enhancing additives, or the added burn accelerants, or the kid-attracting “legal” added sweets-flavorings-aromas, etc., or even the fraud of buying “tobacco products” made with absolutely no tobacco at all.   (Fake tobacco is legal as pie, and no law requires labeling of that, or that a cigarette is not made from tobacco.)

     Search up “Fauxbacco” for references, or just search up relevant terms. No secret—it’s just ignored to protect the broad cigarette industry cabal. Why victimized smokers, and their liability attorneys, don’t jump on this angle is a question.   Maybe the cig cartel  (including Big Pesticides., Big Pharm (pesticides and cig additives), Big Chlorine (pesticides and bleached paper), Big oil (petrochem pesticides), Big Timber-Pulp (cig paper), Big Ag (many non-tobacco cig additives), Big Sugar (cigs have HIGH sugar content), AND all their insurers and investors,  are just to scarey to confront.   

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